Museo Pietro Canonica , Rome

A sculpture in the Museo Pietro Canonica.

A sculpture in the Museo Pietro Canonica.

One new discovery for me on  this trip to Rome was the Museo Pietro Canonica. Pietro Canionica (1869 – 1959) was a celebrated Italian sculptor, painter, and composer. It’s a wonderful small and free museum in the Villa Borghese Park.  A quiet place to sketch from his brilliant sculptures. Continue reading

Nine Weeks of Outdoor Painting in Italy: The Wrap Up

View from In Front of San Miniato, Florence, 9 x 12 in., oil

View from In Front of San Miniato, Florence, 9 x 12 in., oil

I’m back . For almost three months now. I returned May 9th.

I had a terrific time. It was a long trip and it had its up and downs, but it met its goal, which was to get away from my regular life and refocus my attention on painting. And there are few better places to paint then Italy.

I spent the first five weeks in Rome, painting a lot with my friends Marco Carloni and Claudia Manelli. We painted at the typical tourist spots, but they,  as Rome residents, introduced me to some of the more of the beaten track spots. One can’t really recommend a favorite place to paint in Rome. It’s all good! The Aventine Hill stands out in my memory for its variety of views and sights.

My favorite new discovery in Rome this trip was the Museo Pietro Canonica, a wonderful former sculpture studio in the Villa Borghese Park. A great place to draw (and free).

Rome has convenient public transportation and many possibilities for day trips. Next time I visit I hope to see more of the countryside.

Archer, Piazza Dalmazia, Florence, 12 x 9 in., oil

Archer, Piazza Dalmazia, Florence, 12 x 9 in., oil

But…., Rome is noisy and chaotic. After being used to my quiet life in Maine, I found the chaos began to grate on me. So I decided to go to Florence instead for the second half of my trip.

Florence is definitely calmer place, but still a busy tourist city. I borrowed a bike from my Roman friend and artist Kelly Medford, and I was on my way. That made it much easier to get around as I had rented a room a bit on the outskirts of the city.

Plein air painting setup on the Arno River in Florence.

Plein air painting setup on the Arno River in Florence.

Some of the highlights of my Florence stay were  taking a bus to Caldine, where one can get  into the country-side near  Florence in about 45 minutes, the whole area around San Miniato and the San Niccolo neighborhood, and especially interacting with some of the artists connected with the various art ateliers in Florence. Both the Florence Academy of Art and Charles Cecil Studios have life drawing sessions and as a bonus, Cecil Studios has an interesting Thursday night  art lecture.

While I was there I also took a day trip to Arezzo, which is a gorgeous and quiet small city.  I’d love to take a week there to paint sometime.

Old Studio, Florence, Italy, 12 x 9 in. , oil

Old Studio, Florence, Italy, 12 x 9 in. , oil

I always tell people who are surprised that I can afford to go to Italy for over two months, that it can be quite inexpensive. The secret is to stay long enough so you can rent a room by the month that includes  a kitchen. Because unless you stay in the tourist places and economy, Italy is far cheaper to live in then the US.  In Rome I had a connection from an earlier trip, and in Florence I used AIR-BNB.

The three paintings in this post were the last ones I did in Florence. To see more of  the work from this trip, take a look at the two previous posts.


And,  of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavors,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you saw of mine in my shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up.

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Florence, Italy Paintings , Spring 2016, Pt. 2

Mugnone River Near Le Cure, Florence,Italy, 9 x 12 in. oil

Mugnone River Near Le Cure, Florence,Italy, 9 x 12 in. oil

Santo Spirito, Florence, 9 x 12 in., oil

Santo Spirito, Florence, 9 x 12 in., oil

Here’s a second set of paintings from Florence, Italy. All painted  on site, 9 x 12 in. and in oils. Florence  and environs is a terrific place to paint. But I have to say, my personal logistics are eating up a lot of time that I would rather spend painting.  I’m happy with my work, and feel I’m advancing, but wish I was more productive.

Caldine,Italy(Florence), 9 x 12 in.,oil

Caldine, Italy(Florence), 9 x 12 in.,oil

Tuscan Farm, Borgo San lorenzo, Italy, 9 x 12 in., oil

Farm Near Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, 9 x 12 in. oil

Of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavours,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you saw of mine in my shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up

 

Florence, Italy Paintings, Spring 2016

The Hills above Florence, 9 x 12 in.,oil

The Hills above Florence, 9 x 12 in.,oil

I’ve now been in Florence for about two weeks. It was quite a bit of trouble to find inexpensive housing for the month, But eventually I found something, albeit a little on the outskirts. But I borrowed a bike from a friend, and that’s made it possible to get around in a timely fashion.

All these paintings are 9 x 12 in. oil paintings and shot and edited on my iPhone. And, of course, done on location from life in Florence, Italy. Enjoy, and thanks for looking!

Church Facade, Florence, 9 x 12 in.,oil

Church Facade, Florence, 9 x 12 in.,oil

 

View Down to the Duomo, Florence,9 x 12 in., oil

View Down to the Duomo, Florence,9 x 12 in., oil



  

Of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavours,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you saw of mine in my shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up

Rome, Italy Paintings – Spring 2016, pt.2

Museo Borghese Garden, 9 x 12 in.,oil

Museo Borghese Garden, 9 x 12 in.,oil

Here is a second group of paintings done in Rome in the spring of 2016. These paintings are all 9 x 12″, oil on linen.

I’m in Florence now and soon you should start seeing some paintings from here. There are some logistical problems getting housing here, but I have it all sorted now. I wasn’t able to get what I wanted, which was a small apartment of my own near the center. Instead I rented a room from an Airbnb host, at a place about 20 minutes by bus from the center. Life is always about budget, isn’t it?  Hope you enjoy the paintings!

View FromGiancalo, Rome, 9 x 12 in.,oil

View From Giancalo, Rome, 9 x 12 in.,oil


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Ponte Cestio, Rome, p9 x 12 in. ,oil

Ponte Cestio, Rome, 9 x 12 in. ,oil

The Appian Way. Rome, 9 x 12 in., oil

The Appian Way. Rome, 9 x 12 in., oil

Of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavors,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you saw of mine in my shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up.

Rome, Italy Paintings – Spring 2016

Some recent work from Rome, Italy. All oils, all 9 x 12 in. These are smartphone photos. I’m in Italy for a two month painting trip.